Cubs can make these simple changes to fix a struggling offense

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Cubs are patient – too patient – when it comes to their plate approach

The Cubs currently lead MLB in pitches per plate appearance (4.19). Woo-hoo, that is great for anyone who loves diving into league statistics, but there is no point in taking all of those pitches if it translates to the type of offense currently on display.

It seems like more often than not these Cub hitters are constantly watching great first-pitch strikes go-by before they go down in the count 0-2, 1-2, etc. which makes things more difficult on themselves. Odds are as a hitter you only get one ideal pitch to do something with per at-bat, and if that is the one you watch as it gets called for a strike you could be out of luck the rest of the AB.

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This style is making some aggressive hitters look lost at the plate – I do not recall seeing Baez strikeout looking on fastballs down the middle more times than he has this season.

This type of offense could work for some teams, but not the Cubs. With the exception of a few players, this team was built to slug, and they are missing out on first pitch fastballs they should be putting into the gaps all because they are trying to work deep counts.

It does not look like the team is going to adopt playing small-ball anytime soon, so if this is the approach David Ross is sticking with he needs to know when to use it and lose it. As we have seen at times this season working deep counts could work, but it all depends on the pitcher facing this lineup.

Scouting reports catch on fast, so if the opposing team knows the Cubs are going to sit there and work the count, they are going to find ways to get ahead of their hitters and make things difficult like we have seen during the struggles. That is why we have seen such a change from the 13-3 start.